March 26, 2017

Intimate Details by @tinadonahue #RLFblog #contemporary

Today's featured book is Intimate Details by Tina Donahue.

About the Book

Title Intimate Details
Genre Contemporary Menage
Author Tina Donahue
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
As a computer hacker, she demands justice.
As a woman, she craves two powerful and commanding men.
Shana's been hacking one of Manhattan's most corrupt executives, making him pay for what he's done to his victims. Using her skills, she convinces Mike and Cody to hire her at their intelligence-gathering firm, where intimate details help their clients.
Never has Mike met a woman as delicious as Shana. Smart as hell, curvy and assured, she'd be a delightful challenge in bed. Cody's carnal hunger is equally intense. He and Mike want to know everything about her.
She won't divulge the secrets of her past. All she can offer is unquenchable desire and her heart.
During weeks of shameless lust and pleasure, Mike and Cody peel away the layers of Shana's life. The stunning truth changes everything. They'll do all that they can to keep her safe…and in their arms.

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Tina is an Amazon and international bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Kensington, Samhain Publishing, Ellora's Cave, Siren Publishing, Booktrope, Luminosity, Decadent, and indie. Booklist, Publisher's Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic novels (Freeing the Beast, Come and Get Your Love, and Wicked Takeover) were Readers' Choice Award winners. Another three (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic contemporary romance, was chosen Book of the Year at the French review site Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for her erotic romance Lush Velvet Nights. Two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition. Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer's Market. Before penning romances, she worked at a major Hollywood production company in Story Direction.

March 25, 2017

Unstoppable Heroes, Uncompromising Love, Unforgettable Passion #RLFblog #romance #scifi

Science Fiction and Fantasy author Kayelle Allen is the winner of the 2010 EPIC award for Science Fiction and the 2008 Honorable Mention for Science Fiction Fantasy. She is the founder of Marketing for Romance Writers, a peer-mentoring group. She is married, has three grown children, and five grandchildren. Kayelle and her husband met and married while they were both on active duty in the US Navy. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.

Today's featured books are in the Antonello Brothers series, At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, For Women Only, Bro, and a boxed set.

At the Mercy of Her Pleasure

Book 1 of the Antonello Brothers series is Scifi Romance
Genre science fiction romance, scifi romance, space opera, military science fiction
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Hired to steal back a prototype taken by the imperial armada, Senth Antonello retrieves it, but his brother is kidnapped to force Senth to surrender the device.
Now he has to rescue his brother, outsmart the armada and keep the item out of imperial hands. All doable, except for one small problem. He must do it in the company of NarrAy Jorlan, a genetically altered woman whose pheromones could enhance the mission or crumble it into dust with a single siren kiss.
He's a thief. She's a soldier. Do opposites attract? Oh, mercy!
Romance Lives Forever Books https://bit.ly/bro-mercy-kl
This book is free on Kindle Unlimited
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For Women Only

Genre science fiction romance, scifi romance, space opera, military science fiction
Author Kayelle Allen
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
When Fawni Ruh, a Kin ambassador, visits the capitol planet of the empire, she meets security expert Khyff Antonello, a human. A death in her family forces Fawni to return home, but she can't bear to part with Khyff, so she takes him along. Her family demands she cast out the human, or abdicate her future rule.
Fawni searches for an alternative and stumbles upon Khyff’s secret. The cover-up, if exposed, will betray her world to its enemies and bare her family to open shame. Her duty is clear. Yet how can she leave Khyff to suffer in the darkness that binds his heart?
His secret truth is her people's darkest lie.
Romance Lives Forever Books https://bit.ly/bro-womenprint-kl
This book is free on Kindle Unlimited
Amazon http://amzn.to/1f7Ge0P
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CreateSpace (Print) http://bit.ly/bro-women-csp

The Antonello Brothers Boxed Set

Genre science fiction romance, scifi romance, space opera, military science fiction
Author Kayelle Allen
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
The Antonello Brothers scifi romance boxed set contains the Thieves' Guild Handbook, plus full versions of At the Mercy of Her Pleasure and For Women Only. These are sweet love stories with a kick.
In At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, professional thief Senth Antonello must retrieve a device stolen by the Imperial Armada, but his brother is kidnapped to force Senth to surrender it. His new partner, NarrAy Jorlan, is a genetically altered woman who could enhance the mission, or crumble it into dust with a single siren kiss. He's a fun-loving thief. She's a by-the-book soldier. Do opposites attract? Oh, mercy!
In For Women Only, Ambassador Mehfawni Ruh discovers the secret Khyff hides. What he knows could destroy her people and prevent her from leading them. She should shun the human, but how can she leave Khyff to suffer in the darkness that binds his heart? His secret truth is her people's darkest lie.
Meet Senth and his big brother Khyff and round out the fun with secrets of the shadowy Thieves' Guild (of which Senth is a premier member).
Join two tough brothers as they work for freedom and find their true loves.
Romance Lives Forever Books http://bit.ly/bro-set-kl

Bro, the Story Behind the Antonello Brothers

When you can make yourself invisible, invisible truths are revealed.Senth and Khyff, the Antonello Brothers from At the Mercy of Her Pleasure and For Women Only, did not grow up together. They were separated at Senth's birth. Bro shows how and why, and what event reunited them.
Dramatic, funny, yet touching, Bro takes you inside the Tarthian Empire and introduces you to three of its major denizens: brothers Senth and Khyff Antonello, and Luc Saint-Cyr. You'll find them in many stories in the Empire. Come and meet them in Bro.
Join the Romance Lives Forever Reader Group and get a free copy of Bro, the Story Behind the Antonello Brothers. https://kayelleallen.com/bro You'll get two more illustrated books the next day.
This book is currently free.

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Kayelle is a best-selling American author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.
Books https://bit.ly/kayelle-books
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March 24, 2017

Accursed, a paranormal by @katehillromance #RLFblog #mm #romance

Today's featured book is Accursed by Saloni Quinby.
Genre M/M Erotic Romance
Author Saloni Quinby
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
At the request of his aunt, Medium Maxim Thomas travels to the London mansion of actor Ian Northhill to search for paranormal dangers. The first-born sons in Ian's family have all died on their thirty-fourth birthday, and Ian's is just around the corner. The problem is, he doesn't believe in ghosts, demons or curses.
When Maxim and Ian meet, they're overwhelmed by lust, but great sex doesn't change Maxim's bitterness toward actors or Ian's loathing of "phony" psychics. Unable to ignore their desire for each other, the men try to overcome their prejudices. While Ian performs a retelling of Jekyll and Hyde on stage, a real life Jekyll and Hyde plots to destroy him. Will Ian trust Maxim enough to allow his lover to save him from the family curse? 

Saloni Quinby Social Media

The child of a painter and a psychic dreamer, Saloni Quinby feels spirituality and storytelling go hand-in-hand. She loves the scent of gardenia, the sound of wind chimes and the taste of honey. By listening to what isn't said, she creates works based on unspoken desires. Saloni prefers blurred gender lines and many varieties of romance. In a world where passion must at times be restrained, she believes erotica is a pleasure to be shared. With her stories she would like to make her fantasies yours and hopes you enjoy the ride. Saloni also writes as Kate Hill.

March 23, 2017

Bedeviled, a new romance @madisonmichael_ #RLFblog #contemporary

Welcome Madison Michael author of Bedeviled, a new contemporary romance.
Why did you write this book?
When I started the first book in the Beguiling Bachelor series, "Bedazzled", I did not intend to write a series. The characters and the relationship of these four friends and their stories came to life in my head until I could not stop writing about them. We have all seen people who have so much power or wealth that they cannot be sure they are loved for themselves. These four men know that they can count on each other because they are all equally successful. I liked them despite their fortunes and I wanted to show that with all they had, they were still vulnerable. I thought their stories were worth telling. When I finished the first novel, the story of Randall and Sloane was already begging to be written, so I finished "Beholden." By then I knew Alex would meet Charlotte in "Bedeviled" and I was setting the stage in all the books for the final book in the series.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Historical Romance. I think I learn more about history from romance novels than I ever learned in school. I love learning about other times, what is happening politically and culturally, and I love the clothes and manners.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
I adore MacKayla Lane from the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning. She starts out a rather feather-headed bimbo but over the course of the series she discovers her smarts and her strength. I love the way Mac survives trials and tribulations with fortitude and even humor. Besdies all that, the heat between her and Barrons sizzles.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am just starting the fourth and final book in the Beguiling Bachelors series. I introduced readers to four dashing men in "Bedazzled" and I have been hinting at the relationship between Tyler and Regan for three novels. It is time to tell the fourth story and close the book on these two.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
If nothing gets in my way, I have a time travel book, or perhaps short story, that I have been dying to write. I think it will be next, but recently, with all the divisiveness around politics in America, I have a political story that just started rattling around in my conscience. If I am lucky, and diligent, they should both come out this year.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R (for language and open door sexual encounters)
Charlotte is on the run…
Charlotte Roche has escaped dangers threatening her Boston life by accepting a job in Chicago. She dons a new name and a new personal for a new beginning – but it is all built on lies. Thinking she is safe, Charlotte drops her guard and sets her sights on her ruggedly handsome and wildly sexy running partner, Alexander Gaines. Can she advance their relationship from the track to the bedroom and still maintain her charade? Alex is wising up to her and she fears that his probing questions will pierce her carefully rehearsed story.
Alex, with unrevealed secrets of his own, struggles to hold the irresistible Charlotte at arm's length until Charlotte sustains a suspicious injury. Alex seizes the opportunity to cuddle up to the sassy beauty, risking discovery as well as his reputation, his fortune, and his friends, not to mention his heart. Their pasts are closing in on them forcing them to appeal to their friends, characters you've met and loved in "Bedazzled" and "Beholden". Can they build a bond with deceit on both sides? Join them as they tackle the maze of half-truths and cover-ups threatening their relationship and discover if their love is heavenly or bedeviled.

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Madison Michael traded 28 years in Fortune 500 tech and management positions for a chance to spend her days with sassy heroines, sexy, rich heroes and nothing but happy endings. Growing up the daughter of a librarian, she learned to love books, especially classics and romances, and spent winters cuddled under blankets losing herself in books.
Madison is the author of three novels in the Beguiling Bachelor series, as well as several short stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.
After living in the northeast, southeast and the west, Maddy returned to her Midwest roots. She lives in Evanston, IL with her feline editorial assistant and great views of Chicago's famous skyline.

March 22, 2017

Spirits of the Heart @gemwriter #RLFblog #supernatural #suspense

Welcome Claire Gem author of Spirits of the Heart, a new Supernatural Suspense.
Why did you write this book?
I grew up in Middletown, N.Y, where there was an abandoned mental asylum. The place always haunted me. I’ve always been very interested in the history of mental health care (which is a ghoulish history to be sure!), so it seemed the natural place to set my next supernatural suspense.
Then, during the writing of the book, I was visiting the property with my sister/cover designer, taking pictures for the trailer. One particular building, Talcott Hall, kept calling to me, though I couldn’t get too close because of the 8-foot high chain link perimeter. Two weeks later, the building mysteriously burned to the ground—after standing empty for almost 30 years. It was then I knew that Spirits of the Heart must be written, to immortalize Talcott Hall.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Contemporary romances, particularly those with supernatural elements, especially ghosts. I’m a ghost hunter at heart.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Films, not books—Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.
What are you working on at the moment?
My next novel is called Pigments, and is another supernatural suspense. The blurb:
There’s an unsolved mystery in the world of art history: which painting was Vincent Van Gogh’s last?
Rachel Parrish is a DNA analyst with peculiar a psychic ability: psychometry. She can access the memories of a person from something they touched, thereby leaving their genetic blueprint behind. She also suffers from some unusual phobias. She’s terrified of visual art, particularly of . . . paintings?
Duncan Nicklas is a sexy museum curator who comes to Rachel’s aid when an unplanned museum visit overwhelms her. He’s searching for his soulmate: another, like-minded antiquarian to complete his life. His initial fascination with Rachel’s gift develops into something more—but she’s terrified of paintings. He’s a museum curator. How can this ever work?
And then there’s Ethan Fagan—who’s determined to claim Rachel as his own. To use her abilities to validate an obscure painting in his grandfather’s collection. To secure his fortune. No matter what the cost.
Pigments. It’s all in the touch.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
In addition to Pigments, I’m working on a non-fiction book for fiction writers called The Road to Publication. I’m hoping that will be released sometime before April 1st.
Please tell us about your latest book.

Spirits of the Heart, a Haunted Voices Novel

Genre Supernatural Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
An addiction counselor and a security guard struggle to free two, lost spirits trapped inside an abandoned mental asylum.
Laura Horton returns from college to move in with an old friend and start her career. But her homecoming is jarring. Her friend’s moved out, leaving Laura alone with the gorgeous but intimidating ex-boyfriend—in a house that snugs up to an ancient graveyard. Officer Miller Stanford is a man with a shattered past. His alcoholic dad destroyed their family, a weakness Miller is terrified will consume him too. The last thing he needs is a sexy, blonde addiction counselor watching his every move. When he begins to see specters in the dark, he starts questioning his own stability. But Laura sees her too—a pathetic child-spirit searching for her father. Can they unravel the mysteries of Talcott Hall without jeopardizing their love—and lives—in the process?
Publisher Erato Publishing

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Strong Women, Starting Over
~Redefining Romance~

Claire is a multi-published, award winning author of emotional romance—sexy contemporary, supernatural suspense, and women’s fiction. She writes about strong, resilient women who won’t give up their quest for a happy-ever-after—and the men lucky enough to earn their love. No helpless, hapless heroines here. These spunky ladies redefine romance, on their terms.
Her supernatural suspense, Hearts Unloched, won the 2016 New York Book Festival. Her 2016 release, The Phoenix Syndrome, won the women’s fiction division in FCRWA’s The Beacon Contest.
A New York native, Claire has lived in five of the United States and held a variety of jobs, from waitress to bridal designer to research technician—but loves being an author best. She and her happily-ever-after hero, her husband of 38 years, now live in central Massachusetts.

March 21, 2017

Why PJ Sharon writes New Adult novellas @pjsharon #RLFblog #NewAdult

Hey Readers,
Thanks so much for joining me today at the Romance Lives Forever Blog, and thank you, Kayelle for having me.

Writing an NA Novella Series

I've been at this writing/publishing thing for a while now and one of the most common questions I hear from readers is "How do you come up with your ideas?" The second most common question I hear is, "What made you want to write for young adults?" The answer to both of those questions is the same. I had a crazy teenaged life! Writing allows me a kind of do-over by taking my experiences and helping my young characters learn, grow, and find a hopefully ever after end. It's been very cathartic for me. It also allows me to impart to readers some hard lessons learned without being preachy. I tend to write books I wish I had had to read as a teenager. Like many of us, I went from reading Nancy Drew Mysteries to Stephen King with very few options in between. I am thrilled to be part of the phenomenon of great young adult and new adult stories exploding onto the book market.

When I first wrote Savage Cinderella back in 2010, I had no idea it would lead to a series of novellas six years later. Brinn's story came about after I'd been walking in the woods with my dog. I had a vison of a young girl running through the forest in tattered clothes, dark hair flying. Alongside her ran a bear (I live in the Berkshires where this seemed logical somehow). The questions that followed led me to pen the story of a kidnapped girl left for dead in the High Country of North Georgia, where she survives in the wild for several years…until a young nature photographer, Justin Spencer, finds her and convinces her to come back to the world. More a Tarzan story than a retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale—and far-fetched perhaps—but it became a Holt Medallion winner and grabbed the imagination and hearts of 3.6 million readers on Wattpad!

Being that my character, Brinn, was eighteen and living on her own, the story fell into the New Adult category—a change from my other novels which fit neatly into the young adult genre. Although it is contemporary and a romance, there are also elements of suspense/thriller, since Brinn is soon stalked by her kidnapper and must face off with him to truly gain her freedom. As much as I enjoyed telling this story, it was difficult to write parts of it from the perspective of the villain and live in his sick and twisted head for so many months. But when I was done, I always had in the back of my mind that Brinn's story wasn't over…it was only just beginning. I stewed on where to go with the character for quite some time while working on a dystopian trilogy and a non-fiction project for the next few years. And then novellas (shorter novels about 20-40 thousand words, or half the length of a full novel) became popular again and the ideas for more of Brinn's journey began to flow.

Finding Hope, the first in the novella series, picks up a year after Brinn's return. Well into her recovery, nineteen-year-old Brinn finds her life with Justin has become a safety net she relies on, but something is missing. After years of living wild in the mountains, taming her need for danger and independence turns out to be her greatest challenge. When Justin's friend Cody—now in the FBI—asks for her help in solving a kidnapping case, it sparks new purpose for Brinn—as well as major complications in her relationship with both men.

Lost Boys, the second novella in the series, follows Brinn and company when Justin's friend Cody has disappeared, and Brinn is determined to find out why. Despite an escalation in the tensions between them over Cody and Brinn's complicated friendship, Justin agrees to join her on a journey that leads to the mysterious jungles of Colombia, where whispers of human trafficking bring them face to face with an old enemy.

Brinn and Justin join forces with friends to do the unthinkable—enter the dangerous jungle on a rescue mission, sparking a battle for the lives of nine young boys and a fight for their own survival. Brinn's haunted past rears its ugly head as she is forced to once again take on a brutal killer. But in risking her life to save her friend, will she lose the one man who has sacrificed everything for her?

Yes, there is a bit of a love triangle which has spurred a "team Justin" vs. "team Cody" rivalry among my Wattpad readers, but the underlying theme is Brinn's growth, recovery, and discovery of herself as an individual—themes I think need more focus in Romance—especially for young adults. I'm currently working on the third novella, Sacred Ground, which will pit Brinn and friends against a crooked mining company in Wyoming while on a search for a ghost from Justin's past. I'm expecting a late Spring release and excited to have a few more ideas for future adventures.

If you haven't yet found the joy of reading novellas, think of them as a quick, tasty, and satisfying reading snack…without the calories! I'd love to give away an e-copy of the original novel that started it all, Savage Cinderella, to one lucky commenter.

Do you read novellas? Why or why not? Discuss…
Be well, keep reading, and let your favorite authors know how much you appreciate their stories by leaving a short review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Goodreads.
Peace and blessings,
PJ

Savage Cinderella

Eighteen-year-old Brinn Hathaway has survived on her own in the Northwest High Country of Georgia since she was left for dead in a shallow grave by the man who kidnapped her as a child. When a young nature photographer, Justin Spencer, catches the wild girl on film and the two form a tentative friendship, Brinn must decide if coming out of hiding is worth the hope—and the danger—that may await her.
If you enjoy this journey of romance, suspense, and hope, follow Brinn, Justin, Cody, and a cast of new characters through a series of novellas (30-40k word short novels). Each story will bring a new adventure, another crime to solve, and more danger for Brinn and company as they delve into the world of human trafficking and beyond.
Genre: New Adult
Author: PJ Sharon
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 13
Buy Savage Cinderella
blisher: PJ Sharon Books

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PJ Sharon is an award-winning author of young adult books, including Pieces of Love, Heaven is for Heroes, On Thin Ice, and Holt Medallion winner Savage Cinderella. Follow the Savage Cinderella Novella Series with Finding Hope and Lost Boys.
Healing Waters completes her YA dystopian trilogy, The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael, which RT Book Reviews calls "An action-packed read with a strong female lead."
Her debut non-fiction title Overcome Your Sedentary Lifestyle (A Practical Guide to Improving Health, Fitness, and Well-being for Desk Dwellers and Couch Potatoes) is a holistic living, self-help guide packed with easy to implement tips sure to motivate today's sedentary masses toward a more balanced and active lifestyle. For more info on PJ's books and updates on new releases, sign up for her newsletter or visit her website.
In her "real life" job as a Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, and Yogi, PJ has been called "a powerhouse of positivity and productivity." Her mantra is "find balance in all things, and live every day to the fullest." A black belt in the art of Shaolin Kempo Karate, avid kayaker, and singer of Italian art songs, PJ has two grown sons and lives with her brilliant engineer of a husband in the Berkshire Hills of Western MA where she writes YA…because every teen deserves a hopefully ever after.

March 20, 2017

A first visit to India @dianneanoble1 #RLFblog #RomanticSuspense


Diane Noble, author of Outcast, shares her memories of visiting India.
            The first time I visited India I was ten years old, flying back to England with my parents and brothers after a three year tour in Singapore. Our RAF Hermes plane took almost three days, stopping in several countries to re-fuel, and de-ice the wings. We'd travelled out in a troopship, the Dunera – a whole month and school lessons every day – but the Suez Canal had been closed so here we were in Calcutta, as it was then known. I remember the heat, the highly spiced kofta they gave us for breakfast with a fried egg, which none of us could eat, the hole in the floor toilet we had to squat over while flies buzzed around us, the strange smells and sounds. How could I have known I'd begun a lifelong love affair with India?
            A single parent for much of the time, I had to wait until my children had grown and flown before I could travel to Rajasthan, the princely state of maharajahs and palaces. Since then I've been all over the country, generally on India's excellent trains, from Delhi and Agra in the north where the Taj Mahal reduced me to tears, to beautiful Kerala in the south, the temples of Bhubaneshwar in the east and vibrant Mumbai in the west, yet still, time after time I am drawn back. Next year I hope to travel the width of the country by train, up to its border with Pakistan and then into the Himalayas. My modest house – I spend all my money on travel – needs replacement windows but hey!
            Ten years ago I volunteered to spend three months teaching English to street children in Kolkata. While there I realised what it is I love about the country –it's the people. Despite great deprivation they laugh and are joyful. This time in Kolkata proved to be the hardest thing I have ever done. Broken, crumbling buildings sit amid lakes of raw sewage; filthy children encrusted with sores are homeless; families live on a patch of pavement so narrow they take it in turns to lie down. They give birth – and die – there. Yet their indomitable spirit shines through.
            I feared I couldn't do it, felt my resolve dying daily amid the horrors and hardship, but I started writing a journal and it saved me.
            Imagine your shirt sticking to your back as you edge round a goat, swat at flies and cough as smoke from pavement cooking fires catches in your throat. After four hours of threadbare sleep you're trying to find the group of street children you've come to Kolkata, India to teach English to as a volunteer.
            Your ears hurt with the noise – shouting, blaring horns, a backfiring bus. A cow stands in the middle of the road, munching impassively on an old newspaper, as traffic edges round it. This animal is holy and if a driver were to run into it, he would be dragged from his car by an angry crowd and beaten up.
            Heat beats on your head like a hammer as you search among blackened buildings whose stonework crumbles like stale cake. There is a smell of spices and sewage, urine evaporating in hot sun.
            When you see the small group it takes you an age to cross the road, weaving between rickshaws, yellow taxis, tuk tuks festooned with dusty tinsel. The children are so tiny – malnourished – with bare feet, cropped hair and laddered ribs, but they shriek with laughter when you try to speak to them in Hindi. They stroke the pale skin of your arms and clamber on to your knees as you sit, cross-legged and crampy, on the bare earth floor. They are a joy, desperate to learn English, desperate to improve their position at the bottom of the luck ladder.
            When you get back to your small room that evening your feet are gritty and blistered, your chest is raw with exhaust fumes and you are unbelievably filthy. Sweat makes white rivulets down the dirt on your face and you feel, and doubtless smell, rank.
            By the end of the first week you will be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the poverty, despairing at the smallness of your contribution. How can you possibly do this for three whole months? Whatever were you been thinking of when you signed up?
            Maybe, like me, you'll start a journal and at the end of every day, no matter how tired you feel, you'll write down every detail of your day – how the children are progressing, who made you laugh, who can now write their names, how much their poor chests rattle, who has the worst sores. It's a sort of de-briefing you might find cathartic.
            Despite having nothing, the children giggle and fool around, laugh and sing, hang on to you, desperate for cuddles, Everywhere you go in this dreadful place Bengali men and women will get used to seeing you, wave and call out 'Hello, Aunty' (a term of respect for women of a certain age) At the wayside shrine even jolly, elephant-headed Ganesh will be wearing a broad grin.
            My diary covered three months and formed the basis for A Hundred Hands which tells the story of Polly who saw the plight of the children living on the streets and stayed to help. Outcast features the plight of the Dalits, the Untouchables. I have been back to India many times. Despite its horrors the country is mesmeric and its people a joy.

Outcast

Rose leaves her Cornwall cafe to search for her daughter, Ellie, in the steaming slums of Kolkata, India. In the daily struggle for survival she is brought to her knees, yet finds the strength to confront the poverty and disease and grows to love and respect the Dalit Community she is helping. But then there are deaths and she fears for her own safety. Her cafe at home is at risk of being torched, and finally she has to make the terrible choice between the Dalits and her own daughter.
Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings) PG
Publisher Tirgearr Publishing

Dianne Noble Social Media

I think I became a reader before I could walk. While other people had childhood memories, I amassed a vocabulary. I was born into a service family and at the tender age of seven found myself on the Dunera, a troopship, sailing for a three year posting to Singapore. So began a lifetime of wandering – and fifteen different schools. Teen years living in Cyprus, before partition, when the country was swarming with handsome UN soldiers, and then marriage to a Civil Engineer who whisked me away to the Arabian Gulf.
Most of the following years were spent as a single parent with an employment history which ranged from the British Embassy in Bahrain to a goods picker, complete with steel toe-capped boots, in an Argos warehouse. In between I earned my keep as a cashier in Barclays, a radio presenter and a cafe proprietor on the sea front in Penzance.

March 19, 2017

To Save a Viscount @JessieClever #RLFblog #Regencyromance

Welcome Jessie Clever author of To Save a Viscount, a new Regency romance.
Why did you write this book?
I wrote this book because Lady Margaret Folton insisted I do so. Maggie was a character that popped in an earlier book in this series, and she had such a fascinating story, I knew she would require a book of her own. So here it is.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love historical fiction. It's so important to study history and learn from the things of the past. Historical fiction is a great way to introduce new topics and subjects to readers, and I love the power it has to encourage a love of history.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
I love and hate Lisbeth Salander from the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. She stays true to her character right through to the end even when she makes you cringe. She's so beautifully written it's stunning. It literally takes my breath away when I see how brilliantly she's written.
What are you working on at the moment?
I have begun drafting the follow up series to the family of spies found in the Spy Series. This series is called the Shadowing London Series and will focus on the children of the Black family of spies.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
I plan to release the first book in the Shadowing London Series, a late Regency/early Victorian historical romance focusing on Samuel Black, the oldest of the Black family off spring, this fall!
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre Regency romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When an assassin threatens England's spy network, Lady Margaret Folton must find the killer before it's too late. Hardened from being forced to witness the murder of her British spy parents by French revolutionists, Margaret approaches this mission like any other, with steely determination and a resolute focus on the necessary outcome at the cost of all else.
Commodore John Lynwood, newly returned from the Mediterranean, finds himself granted the title of viscount in honor of his service during the war. Plagued with a string of good luck throughout his life, the title serves as another reminder that Jack has done nothing to earn the glory and prestige that comes with his position, and he'll be damned if he'll enjoy such an honor.
But when Jack is accidentally granted a title meant to be used as bait to lure the assassin into the War Office's trap, Margaret must face the tragedy of her past and decide which is more important: the assignment or love?
The books in the Spy Series:
1/2. Inevitably a Duchess (A prequel novella)
1. Son of a Duke
2. For Love of the Earl
3. A Countess Most Daring
4. To Save a Viscount

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Jessie decided to be a writer because the job of Indiana Jones was already filled.
Taking her history degree dangerously, Jessie tells the stories of courageous heroines, the men who dared to love them, and the world that tried to defeat them.
Jessie makes her home in the great state of New Hampshire where she lives with her husband and two very opinionated Basset Hounds.

March 18, 2017

Is It True: @ShariElderBooks Race to Redemption #SciFi #Romance #RLFblog

Play Is It True with today's guest Shari Elder, author of Race to Redemption, a Sexy Science Fiction Romance. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.
First, tell us about your book.
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A woman who lost everything.
Intergalactic storm racing champion Elaina Carteret had it all – fame, wealth, men – until a horrific accident took it away. To get it back, she agrees to pose as Lainie Carter, medical transport pilot and corporate spy. Her risk-taking attitude infuriates Dr. Erik Johansen, who runs the outpost with an iron hand, a permanent scowl and the tightest bod on the planet.
A man desperate for redemption.
Unable to forgive himself for a past tragedy, Erik works himself into an early grave. He has no patience for the insubordinate Lainie Carter, who can't take an order, disrupts routine and flames his body to ash.
A planet at risk.
When the outpost is attached, they're thrown together in a race across the desert to stop a deadly biogenetic weapon As a fragile trust blossoms between two damaged hearts, their pasts resurface and threaten their growing bond.
Be warned: Erotic romance, level five heat designation, gender neutral characters.
Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book? No.
this book is part of a series? Yes. It is book 1 of the series Green Rising.
you lost sleep while writing this book? No.
you did research for this book? Yes. The book includes phages and sandstorms, both which I needed to learn more about.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example) Yes. Since it is a science fiction romance, it is jam-packed with aliens. Magarans are a bi-gendered species that love in threesomes. Karamites look like their observers, so everyone sees them differently. Den Vedran are an amphibious lifeform with a penchant for biomedical and genetic manipulation.
this book has more than one genre? Yes. In addition to science fiction and romance, Amazon also classifies it as suspense and erotica.
you speak more than one language? Yes.
you grew up where you live now? No.
you love to read? Yes.
you are never late? No. I'm punctual by nature but raising a kid makes mincemeat of any attempt to plan.
you love pizza? Yes.
you love sushi? Yes. Vegetarian version. Avocado sushi is just good.
you have a pet? Yes. A dog and a cat. The cat's in charge. The dog wants to play.
Where can we find your book online?

Shari Elder Social Media

Hello, I'm Shari. By day, I crawl out of bed, mainline coffee, walk the dog, get my kid off to school, hop on the metro, and save cities within the four walls of my office. Usually by email.
At night, I take off the suit, curl up with my computer and save cities on a jet-powered skateboard, make six-toed footprints in scarlet sand on the sixth planet in the Andromeda galaxy and bring men and women, who had given up on romance, another chance to find it. I also periodically check on my teen-ager, hiding out in the bedroom and plotting world domination with her minions – the elderly cat and adult dog who insists she's a puppy.


March 17, 2017

Rock Her Hard @AlyHaleAuthor #RLFblog #rockstar #romance

Welcome Alyson Hale author of Rock Her Hard, a new alpha male rockstar romance.
Why did you write this book?
The story and characters (Jace and Kyri in particular) gripped me, plus there were a lot of accompanying stories with the supporting characters. It made for a great rockstar series, and I love rockstars, so I couldn’t wait to get started.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Contemporary/Erotic Romance, Classics, Dystopian.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables).
What are you working on at the moment?
The next book in the Rock Her Series is called Rock Her Wild. I’m writing Damien and Alex’s story.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
Rock Her Wild, possibly Rock Her Long (Book 3), and a Christmas novella, A Boss For Belle.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre: Contemporary, Rockstar Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Special Preorder Price $0.99 - Price will go up to $2.99 a few days after release
I'm a lone wolf, a lost cause. Pushing people away has become an art form for me. I was doing well at shutting down my heart until I met her. Now I'll risk everything I've built just to have her by my side.
I didn't come to Georgia looking for love...
When my band manager asked us to travel to the US on a personal errand, I never imagined I'd get caught up in a scheme to reunite a father with his estranged daughter. Our deal was I'd seduce her into coming on the road with us, and then he'd have a chance at winning her over and getting his family back. The only problem is it's become so much more than that...
Kyri Calloway is everything I didn't know was missing from my life: sweetness, softness, and plenty of sass. She's a fiesty Irish redhead with curves that go on forever, my ultimate fantasy...yet she won't stop running away from me. My girl is convinced I'm going to leave her heart in a million shattered pieces the way her father did, but what she doesn't know is I never plan to let her go.
I'm not finished with her. Not by a long shot.
And I won't stop chasing her until she's mine, completely, body and soul.
Forever.
NOTE: This 18+ novella is sexy, sweet, and full of sass, just like every perfect Southern Belle should be. Your heart is safe reading this book; there's no cheating, a protective alpha male, and a guaranteed HEA--no cliffhangers!
Publisher: Fatebound Publishing

Alyson Hale Social Media

Alyson Hale is a naughty little minx who lives in an undisclosed location in the American South. Her weaknesses are rock stars, military men, and alpha males. If your significant other gets laid after reading one of her books, she feels like she’s done her job right. Follow Aly if you love wall-of-muscle, well-endowed book boyfriends who make you weak at the knees!
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